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New outdoor kitchen (lots of pics)

troutmantroutman Posts: 498
edited November -1 in EGG Table Forum
I started with this in February:

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Now I have this in August (finally):

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Four-inch poured concrete countertops (black, but they are a bit dirty since it stormed last night). Power burner for wok to the left of the Eggs, double burner on right, cold water sink:

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Trash bin and lots of storage:

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Made a depression in the counter for a removable trivet:

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Some more views:

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Close up of the Egg support. I didn't measure very well because the design was intended to have the Eggs sitting on the stainless steel angle iron that was embedded into the concrete. The grates were too low so I raised them 4 inches by adding the pavers. Nice air gap under the pavers, but it would have been nicer if the air gap was under the Eggs.

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The stainless steel pegboard is proving to be a wonderful addition. The fan blows smoke away from the house:

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Added an outdoor pantry for charcoal, wood chips, and other stuff:

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If you are still interested, here is some of the details about the process. Steel frame, ready for the forms for the countertop:

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Forms are almost ready for the poured concrete, just need a bit more re-bar and rounded corners on the interior. If you are going to pour a concrete top like this, don't forget to round all the corners.

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If you mess up the first countertop you pour, this is what you have to do. Very disheartening, and causes a lot more work and long delays. Ugh.

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I found someone that knows what they are doing to pour the countertop for me. There is a lot of manual work to cure the concrete properly, polish it, and seal it. Here is what happens when you polish the concrete top:

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If you want a sink in your outdoor kitchen, don't forget to run your drain pipe and water supply lines before you pour the initial slab. I did, so it ends up looking like this:

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Finally, I added some thick sunscreen over the top of the arbor to keeps the suns rays off the countertop. Concrete retains heat exceptionally well, and this is Arizona, so I didn't need a big black heater all around me while cooking.

But, after all this labor and angst, you end up with something like this:

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Thanks for looking.
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  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    SWEET!!! :woohoo:

    Great looking kitchen. Thanks for the pics!

    ENJOY !
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,530
    wheres the beer opener :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: looks nice
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  • Wow! (my lower jaw's resting on my desk) Beautiful job. Northeast winters make something like that all but moot here, but it's nice to dream.....
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,948
    Scott,

    Beauty! Where are you going to put your next eggs? B)

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Clark. BTW, I'm an original Mississippi boy myself. I'm a bit west of there now.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    She is inside.

    (Please don't tell her I said that!)
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  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Quite a bit West!

    Don't stay away too much.....
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks WW. It is hard to enjoy it right now (110+ degrees, with lows in the 90's) but soon it will be great. If I don't melt, that is.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Steven. Funny you should ask, as I think a mini sitting on the counter to the left of the Small would round it out nicely.

    Might take a while to convince the boss, but she'll eventually come around to my way of thinking.
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  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 484
    Amazing!
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010)
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  • ChefAlChefAl Posts: 66
    Awesome job! May I ask what kind of setup you have UNDER the eggs? Can't quite make it out from the photos.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • wow - all I can say is... WOW.

    That is the "holy grail" of Egg tables!! Heck, that doesn't even do it justice to call it a table, that's an Egg "mansion"

    :P
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
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  • Nice pics. You gave me new ideas
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  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    What a great job... I'd cook just to stay out there!!!
    Kent Madison MS
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks EggNorth. With our weather I get to enjoy this 9 months a year, and endure it the other 3.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks ChefAl. I added a closer photo of the Egg supports in the original post so check it out.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks HighTech. Love your handle.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Rainman. That is why I posted this, as I've been looking at other outdoor kitchens and borrowing ideas for years. Hope this helps.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Kent. My dogs sure love it, as I stay out there a lot and play with them while I cook (or sit).
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  • Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 334
    Looks AMAZING!!!! Great job and looks like you'll have YEARS of enjoyment outta this.....I guess ya'll don't have a bunch of bugs in Arizona??? Screened in would be the next step if so..... B) ;)
    Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
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  • pattikakepattikake Posts: 1,175
    Great job, that is what I need someday, looking wonderful. Very nice.

    Patti
    Wichita, KS
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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    That is just beautiful! Great Job :woohoo:

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
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  • TBQueTBQue Posts: 99
    Great job!! I am jealous!!
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  • chrisnjennchrisnjenn Posts: 534
    That is super nice.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Jai. Few bugs here, so I guess the 115 degree days must be a bit hard on them. You can turn on the lights at night and never see a flying critter. It is great.

    Rattlesnakes, scorpions, coyotes and lots of hawks though. Have to keep an eye on the little dogs.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Patti. I've been planning it for many years.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Cap.
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks tmb. Jealous??? I'm a Miss. State and Ga. Tech graduate, and we never had four years of a Tebow. Superman wears Tebow pajamas under his costume.

    You haven't suffered like me!
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  • troutmantroutman Posts: 498
    Thanks Chris (and Jenn).
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  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    duuuude!! that is awesome!! great job you have a beautiful kitchen. now put it to work!
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